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Memes may contribute to teenage obesity, lawmakers told

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posted on Oct, 26 2018 @ 04:16 PM
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Probably put this in the wrong forum since this story originates from the EU and not the US, so if a Mod wants to put it elsewhere feel free.

CNN has lost their damn minds, and so has the EU! Memes are so dangerous that now those who make them are a danger to their own health. Will we now see meme creators in the DSM as a new mental illness? Our we even living in a world where reality exists? Sorry but just came across this article and after seeing so many people mis using the term intellictual while it was intellectuals who came up with this nonsense, I just had to share.



Now, academics have told British lawmakers that internet memes may be contributing to the UK obesity crisis and doing harm to teenagers on a significant scale.



Memes carry dangerous health-related messages and make light of unhealthy eating habits, researchers from Loughborough University wrote in a letter sent to a British parliamentary committee.
"A substantial number of individuals on Twitter share health-related Internet memes, with both positive and negative messages," they wrote, noting that many "contain inappropriate material."


Just how does this compute?

Here is the LINK. WARNING Do not drink a beverage while reading this nonsense unless you have a roll of paper towels to clean your screen!


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posted on Oct, 26 2018 @ 04:21 PM
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a reply to: seeker1963
From the article...



"It is worrying that Internet meme content... produces a predominate sense of happiness regardless of the underlying tone or image used," they wrote.

"If Internet memes carry political, corporate or other agendas without priorities tailored to the needs of 13-16-year-olds then they have the potential to do harm on a large scale," they added.

They also noted that memes "have the potential to normalize undesirable behaviors," and often "contain inappropriate material or ridicule others by race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, body shape, religion, diet."


Honestly if you get deep into meme cultural and look around... they can start to seem a little toxic.

I mean in a way, they are sorta like propaganda for MANY different industries, many times spreading false or uneducated info. Food, government, sports, music, social issues, culture differences, etc, etc. Not really that hard to see how that could be looked at like a potential problem.


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posted on Oct, 26 2018 @ 04:22 PM
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They cannot have my bacon memes.



posted on Oct, 26 2018 @ 04:23 PM
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a reply to: MarkOfTheV

This is what education is supposed to be for. Right now, we're in the process of teaching our own kid that the only purpose of a commercial is to make him want something whether or not he needs it.

When we get to memes, the lessons will be similar, but that should be a parents' job, not the governments'.



posted on Oct, 26 2018 @ 04:25 PM
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a reply to: seeker1963

PC culture is utter crap. I watch an episode of Seinfeld from the 90s and not 1 (hilarious) scene goes by that wouldn't be "triggering" in today's environment.

Even stand-up comedians are crucified for their jokes now. Meanwhile the hypocritical Hollyweirdos and MSM are ok with fat-shaming or "body" shaming the President of the US and making jokes about a micropenis. So ass-backwards and pathetic.

The "triggering" has accelerated. Everyone seems to be made out of eggshells and a faint breeze could smash these delicate people to bits. WHAAA!!! I guess we're supposed to let crybabies, narcissists, sheople and champagne socialists "call the shots" nowadays.



posted on Oct, 26 2018 @ 04:25 PM
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a reply to: ketsuko

Oh... I gave up on parents and the education system a long time ago.



But yea... right now it's the wild-west, and I don't need no gubment deciding which propaganda and misinformation I should or should not see.



posted on Oct, 26 2018 @ 04:25 PM
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originally posted by: MarkOfTheV
a reply to: seeker1963
From the article...



"It is worrying that Internet meme content... produces a predominate sense of happiness regardless of the underlying tone or image used," they wrote.

"If Internet memes carry political, corporate or other agendas without priorities tailored to the needs of 13-16-year-olds then they have the potential to do harm on a large scale," they added.

They also noted that memes "have the potential to normalize undesirable behaviors," and often "contain inappropriate material or ridicule others by race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, body shape, religion, diet."


Honestly if you get deep into meme cultural and look around... they can start to seem a little toxic.

I mean in a way, they are sorta like propaganda for MANY different industries, many times spreading false or uneducated info. Food, government, sports, music, social issues, culture differences, etc, etc.



While I agree anything may be toxic while used as a form of manipulation do you not find it odd that Memes are under attack? Why not Corporations and their advertising? Governments and their manipulation thru Corporate run media?

How are written words by the thousands different than a picture with a few words that our impactful? Do we really want to go down this road where we rely on Governments and Corporations to tell us what is safe for us to see and read?



posted on Oct, 26 2018 @ 04:26 PM
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And do some other stuff.
edit on 26-10-2018 by neo96 because: spelling



posted on Oct, 26 2018 @ 04:34 PM
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do you not find it odd that Memes are under attack?


Not really... it's practically undeniable that memes have the ability/power to get across a lot more in a very small package. With the shorter attention spans and "now" culture... memes are probably a lot more powerful than they are given credit for.

This isn't about whether you like memes, or think they are tasteful... this is about that core visual information signal thats beamed immediately into someones brain, and they forgo REAL research in lieu of a quick visual or "juvenile infographic" ... thats propaganda essentially.



Do we really want to go down this road where we rely on Governments and Corporations to tell us what is safe for us to see and read?


Well they tried to do that with the censorship board for movies and TV. As a result we now have violent rape scenes all over prime time FX during American Horror Story.

I'm not trying to be argumentative, I just mean... I wouldn't discount memes as being a passing thing and not worth closer inspection. They don't seem to slow down, and they REALLY do spread a bumper crop of bad info.

Do I want the government deciding if that's right?... no... probably not... but I'm glad their power might finally start to get recognized.
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posted on Oct, 26 2018 @ 04:36 PM
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I don’t know about obesity, but they definitely contribute to the delusions shared by a large percentage of the over 40 crowd.

Which is kind of funny when you realize most of them were probably made by 12 year olds.



posted on Oct, 26 2018 @ 04:37 PM
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I called it:

Jan. 2017

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posted on Oct, 26 2018 @ 04:39 PM
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originally posted by: MarkOfTheV
a reply to: seeker1963



do you not find it odd that Memes are under attack?


Not really... it's practically undeniable that memes have the ability/power to get across a lot more in a very small package. With the shorter attention spans and "now" culture... memes are probably a lot more powerful than they are given credit for.

This isn't about whether you like memes, or think they are tasteful... this is about that core visual information signal thats beamed immediately into someones brain, and they forgo REAL research in lieu of a quick visual or "juvenile infographic" ... thats propaganda essentially.



Do we really want to go down this road where we rely on Governments and Corporations to tell us what is safe for us to see and read?


Well they tried to do that with the censorship board for movies and TV. As a result we now have violent rape scenes all over prime time FX during American Horror Story.

I'm not trying to be argumentative, I just mean... I wouldn't discount memes as being a passing thing. They don't seem to slow down, and they REALLY do spread a bumper crop of bad info.

Do I want the government deciding if that's right?... no... probably not... but I'm glad their power might finally start to get recognized.



In a society who is so dumbed down by a pathetic educational system, you do have a point. However, should we rely on being told what we can see or read or should we address the cause of the stupidity and why people are unable to use critical thinking skills ie reasoning?


We have many problems in our society today from medical to our governments, yet it seems we always end up trying to treat the symptoms rather than the cause.


I honestly think the NPC meme hit HARD! Look how fast Twitter put down the ban hammer along with Facebook. It was able to show how dangerous group think is and now we see who it threatens the most. Corporations and Governments.
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posted on Oct, 26 2018 @ 04:40 PM
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a reply to: underwerks

Meme truth hurts some of you. And globalists---hence "memes bad." We realize that. It's like quotations in a way: Short and to the point. They only work when they have some kernel of truth in them.

That's why it's said that the left can't meme---not because they can't per se, but because they have to be based in reality rather than delusion. Isn't there a sky somewhere you can go scream at?
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posted on Oct, 26 2018 @ 04:49 PM
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I thought this was going to be an article about teenagers getting fat because they make memes all day instead of exercising...that would have made at least some small amount of sense....this though...

Bahahahahahahahahaa

Sometimes I swear...I just...oh man...#....just really???

I just honestly have no words for this.



posted on Oct, 26 2018 @ 04:52 PM
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originally posted by: dug88

I just honestly have no words for this.


Big Brother?



posted on Oct, 26 2018 @ 04:55 PM
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originally posted by: dug88
I thought this was going to be an article about teenagers getting fat because they make memes all day instead of exercising...that would have made at least some small amount of sense....this though...

Bahahahahahahahahaa

Sometimes I swear...I just...oh man...#....just really???

I just honestly have no words for this.



Just think about gun control and "It's for the children!", make sense now? Memes are a threat to those in Control.



posted on Oct, 26 2018 @ 04:57 PM
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a reply to: underwerks



This memelord makes his own, so there goes that theory, ya?



posted on Oct, 26 2018 @ 04:58 PM
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a reply to: The GUT




Meme truth hurts some of you. And globalists---hence "memes bad." We realize that. It's like quotations in a way: Short and to the point. They only work when they have some kernel of truth in them. That's why it's said that the left can't meme---not because they can't per se, but because they have to be based in reality rather than delusion. Isn't there a sky somewhere you can go scream at? edit on 26-10-2018 by The GUT because: (no reason given)


NAILED IT




I WEAR MY POLITICS ON MY SLEVE LIKE A DANK BOGEY MEME
/#



posted on Oct, 26 2018 @ 05:00 PM
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originally posted by: seeker1963

originally posted by: dug88
I thought this was going to be an article about teenagers getting fat because they make memes all day instead of exercising...that would have made at least some small amount of sense....this though...

Bahahahahahahahahaa

Sometimes I swear...I just...oh man...#....just really???

I just honestly have no words for this.



Just think about gun control and "It's for the children!", make sense now? Memes are a threat to those in Control.


Nah memes are just for teh lulz



posted on Oct, 26 2018 @ 05:01 PM
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a reply to: dug88




I just honestly have no words for this.


Hence memes.




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